Man sentenced on gun charges related to a 2015 shooting at a Denver car wash

Two men died in the shooting that took place Sept. 22, 2015, at a car wash at 35th and Downing streets.

Two men died in the shooting that took place Sept. 22, 2015, at a car wash at 35th and Downing streets in Denver. On Wednesday, one of the men involved in that shooting was sentenced to 57 months in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release that Dedric Delaine Mayfield, 39, pleaded guilty back in June for his involvement in the shooting and was sentenced Wednesday. After he serves his prison sentence, he’ll have another three years of community-based supervision.

According to the indictment, Mayfield was not allowed to have a gun or ammunition due to a previous felony conviction and is believed to be a gang member. He was at the car wash with a friend when a group of men from a rival gang pulled up. Mayfield “observed them and signaled for his friend to leave the carwash bay and join him in the open parking lot.  His friend did and, shortly thereafter, gunfire erupted.  Mayfield’s friend exchanged gunfire with the rival gang members and was struck.”

Mayfield’s friend died, as did a man from the other group.

Surveillance video of the shooting shows two small children very nearby, standing outside a red car. As the shooting starts, an adult pulls them into the car.

Police did not recover the gun, but 9mm shell casings were found in the area of the carwash where Mayfield was standing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The case was investigated by the Denver Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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